It's a bit nippy out there at the moment, so the winter gear is well and truly out on our test rides at the moment! If you want to bag yourself some warmer wears at some knockdown prices, be sure to check out our Cyber Monday deals to see if there's anything that tickles your fancy...
Yes it's a bottle of lube, yes it's £65 quid... but of course, this isn't any old chain coating according to the folks at CeramicSpeed. The UFO Drip is applied in liquid form but hardens to form a dry chain coating after you've slung it on, which they say generates less friction than any other chain lube on the market; in fact, the only thing they say outperforms it is the factory-treated UFO Racing Chain, made by CeramicSpeed no less. They also claim that the coating provides extra protection against contamination of your chain because it closes all around it, so there's less chance of mud and grime generating friction. It's recommended you apply it every 200km. Would our tester lube his chain with anything else nowadays? The verdict is coming soon...
The Nuroad is Cube's "fast, fun and versatile" gravel offering, which is ready to take on the commute, muddy routes and everything in between with mudguards and lights coming fitted as standard. Tyre clearance is up to 40mm while the lights are the dynamo-powered Supernova E3 lighting system, with a Racktime Light-it luggage carrier thrown in for good measure for commuting and bikepacking duties. our test model comes equipped with Shimano's GRX gravel-specific groupset, while the geometry is based around that of Cube's Attain endurance road bikes, designed to be stable and comfortable for long days in the saddle: "ride further, ride more adventurously. The Nuroad Race FE will take you there", say Cube. Where did it take our reviewer Stu Kerton? Find out in his full review later in December...
There's no longer any need to take shelter under a tree to wait for the worst of the rain to pass thanks to the Energize jacket, say Liv, which offers you strong rain protection in a lightweight and comfortable-fitting package. The ProTextura fabric is responsible for keeping the rain out, while the back length is longer to provide extra coverage. There's a fron zipper pocket, venting on the back and an adjustable collar worth a drawstring hem and cuff design to get the ideal comfortable fit. Has it become Emma SIlversides' go-to for soggy rides? The verdict is due later this month.
This weenie rear light from ETC weighs just 34g... which might make it a good option for hill climbers, who have just found out they will need to add a compulsory rear light to their bikes for races! The smart tech inside means it has an automatic rear brake sensor, and the beam strength is 60 lumens on the brightest setting. Charge time is 1.5-2 hours while the run time from the USB-rechargeable battery is between 1.5 and 16 hours.
These performance road shoes from Bontrager retain the unusual rear-mounted BOA dial seen on some of their other high-end kicks nowadays, and these ones have a breathable knit structure on the upper. They also have a DWR coating to stop your feet getting wet and cold, and Bontrager say they're super breathable and "designed to wrap your foot in slipper-like comfort." Will our reviewer be slipping them on more regularly when the test period is up? Find out soon in the full review...
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.